Egyptian and South African projects to receive UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Research and Training in Special Needs Education for the Mentally DisabledThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will present the newly created UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Research and Training in Special Needs Education for the Mentally Disabled to Farouk M. Sadek of Egypt and to representatives of the South African Ntiro Project in a ceremony to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 4 December. The Emir of Kowait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, will take part in the ceremony which will be under his patronage.
The Director-General chose the laureates, each of whom will receive US$20,000, on the basis of the recommendations of an international jury. Mr. Sadek will be recognized for his pioneering work to improve the situation of children with learning difficulties in Egypt. His contribution in teaching, teacher training, curriculum design and textbook writing, has been important for the development of inclusive education in Egypt.
The Ntiro Project for Supported and Inclusive Employment is recognized for its contribution to education and training for both children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Ntiro has also contributed to the development of an innovative and inclusive employment model as well as focusing on attitudinal change among teachers and parents.
The prize was made possible thanks to funding by the government of Kuwait. Every two years, it will reward one person or institution, from the Arab Region and another from a different part of the world, for their contribution to the education of the mentally disabled. Ninety-two candidates were proposed by 52 countries for this first edition of the prize.